In a detailed study titled Here Grows New York, Columbia University student Myles Zhang used publicly-accessible data from the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress to create this fascinating animation showing the growth of New York City's five boroughs from 1609 through present day.
This animation illustrates the development of NYC’s street grid and infrastructure systems from 1609 to the present-day, using geo-referenced road network data and historic maps. The resulting short film presents a series of “cartographic snapshots” of NYC’s built-up urban area at intervals of every 20-30 years history.
Check out the project page to learn more about the study and animation.
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